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Butterfly #39 (Skipper)

Butterfly #39 (Skipper)
Photo Information
Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is, Canon 500D Close-up Lens
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Thailand #1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-19 10:55
Viewed: 2982
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I copy information on skipper from my previous post. Welcome the help on the species of this skipper.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae

Hesperiidae or 'Skippers'got this name because their habit of skipping quickly from flower to flower while visiting flowers for nectar.
Compared to other butterflies families, the skippers have a greatly reduced wing surface compared to the size of their bodies. The forewings wings are mostly narrow and long, and this feature, combined with their relatively large thorax with their powerful wing muscles allows them to fly very fast. The forewings of males often have very distinct sex brands and these produce pheromones that are used during courtship. Most skippers fold up wings above their abdomen while at rest.
Skippers do not have the usual club shaped antenna of other butterflies. Instead, their antenna are hooked at the tip and the flattened club is found below it.
The proboscis of skippers are long, and in some species extraordinarily long allowing it to access nectar from flowers with very long corolla tubes - Small Branded Swift Most skippers are nectar lovers and can be seen at flowers of herbaceous plants and shrubs. There is one species in Sri Lanka ( Indian Awl King) that finds bird droppings irresistible and is invariably seen and photographed on them. Many of them also mud-sip.
Skippers spend much of their time resting on leaves of grasses, bushes or a trees, either with their wings fully spread as in the 'Flats' and 'Angles' or held above as in most of the other groups. At other times, they would spread their hind wings wide open but hold the forewings vertical or almost so, resembling a miniature fighter aircraft. In this posture they would bask in the sun for a while before flying away or closing their wings to rest. When they do decide to fly, they do so explosively, and in an instant they are air borne. The flight of the smaller skippers is very fast and it is quite difficult for the human eye to track them while in mid-air. However, they do not a fly far, and after a few seconds in the air, they settle down in the the vicinity. Most species seldom fly high up in the canopy and keep very close to the ground or a few feet off ground, except perhaps during courtship when both the male and female may fly high up into the air.


XOTAELE, ramthakur, ridvan, jeanpaul, MommaMiaX3, JORAPAVI, marmottelolo, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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Hi Jitti,
Good image.
Well composed.
Nice subject; a skipper.

Hola Jitti.
Tu foto de hoy es tridimensional.
Buenos efectos luz y sombra que dan más relieve a la imagen.
Preciosa. Una nota bastante extensa.
Saludos, JL.

Hello JC,
I like the POV you adopted for shooting this picture.
Ambient light plays a great role in endowing the image with three-dimensional quality.
Well done and TFS.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-19 16:15]

selam jitty ; nice shot of this butterfly very beatiful colours and POV good sharpness and details TFS well done

Bonjour Jitti
Trčs joli ce macro, les détails et les contrastes sont réussis trčs jolis couleurs
et beau BG
Bravo et merci... JP

Hello Jitti, :)

Another lovely butterfly for my eyes today! Fantastic sharpness and your colours are so deep and rich, absolutely a treat. Also excellent work with the lighting, very well composed.

You're a wonderful photographer just in case I haven't told you. Thank you for sharing, take care!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-19 23:38]

Hello Jitti

A very good sharp ,well focused shot of this skipper.The colours are deep and well saturated.Nicely done on the POV and composition .TFS


Hola Jitti,
Bonita composición con excelente nitidez y detalle. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-20 7:00]

A new marvellous picture, Jitti.
I like a lot this little brown skipper. You did such a perfect shot that it almost seems in 3D. Fantastic sharpness, colors, DOF, light... everything! And magnificent composition!
Congratulations and TFS
Best wishes

Very pleasant composition, lovely colours and a very good point of view.
Best wishes,

bonjour jitti
c'est un specimen qui n'est pas tres coloré mais interressant pour ses formes,la netteté est bonne le POV bien choisit et bon DOF aussi.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-23 4:01]

Hi Jitti.
Smile tomorrow but strong critique now : )).
Pictured by you moth is detailed perfectly at high range. DOF is selected precisely: only moth and part of leaf are in focus. All other objects of the captured scene are out of focus. Lighting and colours are excellent too. Great collection of moths. My best regards.

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